Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Had a lovely day

Hi All

Hope you are all well and enjoying the holiday, Alan is still off work and as I am getting back into my soap making I placed an order with The Soap Kitchen and instead of having it posted out to me we collected it.  Martin and Kate at the Soap Kitchen were brilliant and really helpful.  We then went to the Asda in Clovelly, Devon as they sell the Pomace Olive Oil that I use in my soap, its the only Asda I know of that sells this particular type of olive oil unless I travel all the way to Bristol and I don't fancy that.

On the way home we stopped for a pub lunch and arrived home around 3.30 just in time to say goodbye to Sarah who is travelling to London to spend the New Year with friends, she will be home on Thursday.

My new website is coming along although not actually put any products on it yet will be doing that once I have sorted my new packaging out for my soap as I want to box it rather than wrapping so will be playing tomorrow with sorting that out as well as making some Honey and Oats Soap, made some Rose Geranium yesterday now it has to cure for around 4-6 weeks the longer you leave it the better the soap is.  I also make some pillar candles and perfumed them with White Musk, now just need to make some more container candles as I sold out of those over the Christmas period.

I am highlighting today a project I started on before Christmas but have only just finished it over 100 flowers on this ball but it's so pretty am going to make smaller ones for weddings along with getting some wedding stationery set up for my new web site.

I have bought some fat squares to make a makeup bag and when the shops in Tavistock are open again am going to get some more material to make myself a sewing machine cover as the one that came with my sewing machine has split as it was made of thin plastic.    Loads of ideas swimming around in my head, I would love to set myself up in business running a soap/candle making workshop and also showing people how to make talc, bath bombs and body lotion, but know this is not going to happen because of my health problems as I could not guarantee that I would be fit enough on any given day so I can dream.

Am off to do a bit of blog hopping now 

Happy New Year to Everybody

See you in 2014

Love Alison 

Monday, 30 December 2013

Nearly New Year

Hi All

Hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year, we are having a quiet one as usual, don't really celebrate now, just have a glass of wine really.  Not sure what Sarah is doing she may be going to London to be with friends or may contact a couple here in Plymouth and go and stay with them.

We had a lovely day on boxing day we went over to Nicole and Dean's where she put on a lovely spread and met Dean's family and got an order for a personalised candle whilst there which was good.
Had lots of lovely presents for Christmas, earrings, kindle fire, new sewing box which has put me in the mood to do a little sewing project, also a voucher for Hobbycraft already spent lol, slippers, bailey's fudge, etc etc, spoilt rotten.

I have not made a card but wanted to show you a little decoupatch cat I have made really enjoyed doing this:

and here is Toby all tired out after his Christmas Lunch lol 

Not quite sure what he was up to here 

I have started making some soap again I have run out and as it takes 6 weeks to cure thought I had better get a move on and get some made the concoction I have brewed this time is Avocado, Fennel and Marjoram which smells gorgeous.  I will be making some Lemon and Orange tomorrow and then on Wednesday will make some Grapefruit, then Lavender, then Bergamot and Patchouli, will also make some Rose Geranium and Honey and Oats hope I have enough of the oils I use.  i.e. Coconut, Palm and Olive Oil otherwise a trip to the Soap Kitchen will be called for.

I have also decided to try and set up a web page to sell my wares not sure yet if I will be able to afford this every month but shall wait and see hopefully the thing should pay for itself.  I am about a quarter of the way through setting it up but now need some help which I will sort out tomorrow hopefully.  

Anyway am off to bed just now its around 12.30 am, and I am shattered. 

Love to all

Alison xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my blogging buddies 

Hope you all have a great holiday

I will finish catching up with you all later

But wanted to wish you all

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year

Lots of love 

Alison & Family 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Sorry being AWOL

Morning Everybody

Sorry about being AWOL for the last couple of days but my migraine got the better of me so stayed away from computer and bright lights.  Feeling much better now just tired, as Sarah and I had the brainwave of doing the shopping for Christmas food plus my usual monthly shop at midnight last night am shattered now, we left home at around 12.15am and got back at 2.15am, poor old Sarah has work today.  I still have a few bits to get but they can wait until later today.

As I was waiting for the shop to open last night decided I would make Nicole's altered bag and two Gift Card Holders which turned out quite well, here they are:

Nicole and Dean's Christmas Bag of Goodies

Made two of these gift card holders
one in gold and one in blue for Jessica and Nicole 

I have quite a bit to do today as I need to get the meat we bought last night into the freezer but stupid me did not buy freezer bags so these are on my list, need to tidy up and strip our bed as I have been lying in it for a couple of days trying to get rid of my headache.  Alan and Sarah will make the bed when they get home tonight as that winter quilt is just too heavy for me to manage. 

I then have to go to the wool shop and buy another ball of wool to finish Jessica's scarf off that I started knitting on Friday and sort out dinner for tonight am thinking shepherds pie which is easy to make and quite filling for my workers when they get home.  

Well am off to do my jobs will be back to try and catch up on everybody when I have finished all my jobs.  Take care.  

Love Alison xxx

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Morning all

Hello everybody

Can anyone help my blog is jumping up and down not by much but makes me feel a bit sick when I am trying to do things does anyone know why it does this?

Had a bad night, headache with sickness obviously the start of a migraine don't get them very often but have been eating a lot of chocolate over the past couple of days so must desist.

Alan and Sarah have gone into town to get presents both of them leave things until the last minute, I started on a quick scarf for our granddaughter Jessica yesterday but did not buy enough wool so will have to go back and get another ball but my hands and fingers are really sore today, arthritis is not good for knitting.

Took the car down to the garage yesterday insurance is going to pay for the damage but I have to pay my excess which is £75.00 the damage is around £900.00 worth wow didn't think I had hit the wall that hard.   So it is booked in for the 9th January, also need to go and get it serviced will ring up about that on Monday and book it in for after Christmas now.

Thought I would show you another card I made from when I first started crafting as only DT cards are being made at the moment as I have rather a large amount of cards that need selling before I can make any more as I have nowhere to store them.

Again this image came from a CD which now I have looked can't find so must have given it away the card is gold embossed and card layered onto miri card.

Must go now need to finish sorting the house out before my shower and get down to the shop before the paracetamol painkillers wear off as I will not be able to drive once I have taken my migraine tablets.

Will be by a bit later on to do a spot of blog hopping. 
 Love to All.  

Alison xx

Friday, 20 December 2013

New Challenge #59 at Friday Sketch Challenge Blog

Morning All

I had a lovely lunch out with the coffee stop gang yesterday apart from one thing I reversed my car into a wall which the sensors on the car did not register as on the top of the wall they had some paving stones as a decorative edge which stuck out a good six to eight inches at an angle, and that is what I banged into as the sensors on the car thought that I had more room because it didn't pick up on the decorative edging very hard to explain but I think it may have happened to someone else as some of these edges were removed further along the wall. Spoke to my insurance people yesterday so just waiting for the garage they recommended to call me to arrange to have the car fixed.

On a good note my new dishwasher arrived yesterday and Alan plumbed it in last night, just need to get dishwasher salt and we are sorted, my old dishwasher did not need salt, but Alan says its best to use it as it keeps the scale down.

On to my DT Post now:

Today we have a new challenge and our sponsor today is: All that Scraps

And the prize for the lucky winner is:

The theme is: An image of your choice

and we even have a sketch for you to follow below and was created by the lovely Christine

and here is my take on the sketch, made this card for our eldest daughter Pauline and her hubby hope they can take the joke

I made this using the Wrinklies Christmas CD and the poinsettia is one I bought a couple of years ago which I found when I was sorting my craft room out.

Why not pop over to Friday Sketch Challenge Blog and see the wonderful creations by the rest of the DT they are such talented ladies.

Love Alison xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Just a quick one

Morning all

Yes it is still morning although I had to check.  New Dishwasher has arrived yippee, Alan will plumb it in tonight when he gets home from work, no more washing dishes thank the lord.

Am off out shortly for my Christmas Lunch with the gang from the Coffee Stop should be good fun.  Have straightened my hair but as its started raining that was a waste of time. lol.

Not much happening at the moment have been doing a bit of blog hopping you are a very talented lot.

I made the card below ages ago but as I have no cards made up except for my DT Spot ones and not able to showcase them yet thought I would show you a card that I made when I first started crafting this is from a CD can't remember which one will have to dig it out and try and make some cards up with the images.  I know I bought it from Create and Craft many many moons ago. lol.

Well must start getting ready picking a friend up at 12.00 noon and although my make-up is on and my hair straight need to get my clothes sorted am dressed in rags at the moment and it takes me ages as I need to try and get some socks on to go with my boots which also take me ages as I can't bend and my knees won't go in certain positions the joys of nearing old age. lol.

Love to all
will be back later to continue to blog hop.
Alison xxx

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Hi Everybody

Hope you are all well, hugs to those who are not!

I hope this will be the last of my Christmas Cards as time is now running out for posting.  Sarah asked me to make this card for her friend who lives in London, as they will not be seeing each other this Christmas.  I used the  Makey Bakey Mice CD and created a simple easel card.

I have a fairly busy day ahead of me, need to put the washing/ironing away, then it's my Coffee Morning at 10.30 we are having mince pies and a raffle today, after this I need to go to Ivybridge to the post office as I have loads more post to send off, then it's the dreaded Tesco run because I need petrol for tomorrow (Christmas Lunch) at Boringdon Park Golf Club, and then need to take the car through the car wash as it is filthy.

A short rest before getting the dinner organised and then a blog hop to see all your wonderful creations.

Bye for now

Alison xxx

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Santa is coming early

Morning All

Well Alan and I went to look at the dishwasher that was on offer for £5.00 and decided not to buy it as cheap as it was, Alan gave it a good check over and thought it had been in the ladies garage for more than the few months she was telling us it had, the inside was disgusting so we came away a bit disappointed.  When we got home had a serious discussion and decided to buy a new one as all this dish washing has flared up my eczema on my hands,  so hopefully it will be delivered on Thursday this week.

I made a couple of cards yesterday using Christmas Makey Bakey Mice from Crafters Companion love these sweet images wanted to keep them fairly simple as I will need to send them out in the post so didn't want to make them too heavy.

So without further ado

Have quite a bit to do today, need to sort out all my posts for my DT spots as I am going to schedule them over the Christmas period, also need to go to the vets to pick up some flea stuff for Bella as she couldn't have it last week when she was so poorly but she is so much better now thank goodness.   I must also tidy my crafting area up it is just full of bits and bobs that need to be put away.  Also inserts for cards need to be completed.

Well that's it for now my lovelies will be back later to do a blog hop to see all your wonderful work.

Love Alison xxx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Gone to heaven

Morning all

My dishwasher has gone to dishwasher heaven, Alan pulled it apart whilst I was at Rachel's yesterday afternoon and the prognosis was terminal illness never to be used again.  So I had to wash all the Sunday dishes by hand not impressed.    I put out on the web site that I belong to asking if anyone had one for sale and we are picking one up this afternoon for a whole £5.00 yes that's right £5.00 even if it lasts until after Christmas it will be a bonus just can't afford a new one this month.

I managed to get three of my DT cards sorted whilst at Rachel's yesterday which was good going, finished them off at home last night but obviously unable to show you just yet ahhh the suspense.  I had a great time and I hope Rachel did too.

I have another project I have been working on to show you today

Sorry about the picture does not do this little chest justice, wanted to keep it fairly simple and used some red paper with little white dots on it added some perfect pearls a pink and white rose and a ribbon with a flat backed pearl added.    Inside is painted red to match the outside.  Not sure what I am going to do with this but will make a pretty keepsake box.

Well am off just now will be back later today with a bit of blog hopping to see your wonderful creations.

Love Alison xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sunday and I'm off crafting with Rachel today yippeee

Hi All

I am going to schedule this post to see if I can get my blog sorted out, its being very temperamental at the moment, very slow, saying I have no blog friends and lots of other weird and wonderful things.

Well my craft fair went reasonably well apart from lots of screaming kids (I don't do kids) I managed to make around £36.00 but after paid for the table £10.00 came home with £26.00 still better than the last school table top fair that I did where I made a loss. 

As with one thing and another Rachel and I have not been able to get together for a couple of weeks now and I have really missed our play time.  So this weekend we swapped the Saturday for the Sunday so am going to have some play time yeah!

I have some DT work that I need to concentrate on so will probably make a start tomorrow as I want to get as much done in advance as I can and can really get into these now that I have all the Christmas Fairs out of the way. 

Above is another project I have been working on and inside these lovely crackers I have put three Ferrero Rocher Chocolates there are 8 here and I need to make 17 more to take with us to our granddaughters for boxing day. 

We have put the decorations and tree up today also need to send out some more Christmas Cards said I was not going to send any this year but now we have been sent more better reciprocate.

Anyway need to go and finish a few things off before going into the shower before going to Rachel's. 

Love Alison

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Morning all

Good Morning everybody

How are you all today?  I am getting ready for my craft fair this afternoon, more or less ready now just need to make a few more of these

This is another project I have been working on 12 bits of card 1 inch thick about 6 inches long then put together with brads and a bit of silver thread.
My blog is playing up at the moment so not sure if this will post correctly we can live in hope.
Will be back tonight and will do a bit more blog hopping then.
Love Alison

Friday, 13 December 2013

Just a quick one

Afternoon everybody

Just to let you know I am being showcased on the following blog Open Minded Crafting Fun Blog
which I am now a DT member why not pop along and become a member and follow the wonderful creations that are due to start soon.

Love Alison xx

Morning from a rainy Dartmoor

Morning Everybody

Very dark here today and it's raining, I suppose we can't complain as I can't remember the last time it rained.  Bella is slightly improved but still not herself, but at least she has started to eat again which is good news. 

I was asked to make a Christmas card for our local bowling club by one of my coffee stop friends, well this just stumped me could not think of anything until I remembered my Wrinklies CD from La Pashe so here is what I came up with

I still have on-going projects to show you but I have not finished them yet so will probably try and post another project tomorrow now.   I need to finish everything off really as I am doing a craft fair tomorrow but I keep getting side tracked and starting new project without finishing the others but today I am going to get settled and sort everything out.
Will be back blog hopping later to see you wonderful creations
Love Alison xx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Kusudama Origami Paper Flower

Morning all

In my post yesterday I said I would show you one of the projects I have been working on and at long last I can now reveal all. 

This took me hours to make 60 x 6x6 squares 5 individual petals on each flower 12 flowers in all.  I added some wink of stella to the edges of the flowers but it has given it a more distressed look than what I wanted, but so proud of myself for doing this as the Fibromyalgia confuses the brain and I just can't follow instructions properly at all, easily confused.

I had some scraps left over from cutting the paper down so I am now folding 60 4 x 4 squares to make a smaller flower.

Well am off to do a bit of sorting around the house, not much as Sarah and Alan keep the housework down through the week and I only have to potter but I do like things to be in their correct place and so I move things around lol, think I may have a bit of OCD where the house is concerned it must be tidy at all times.

I will be back later to do a bit of blog hopping and also need to get some cards sorted for the many DT spots I am on now.

Back later
Love to all
Alison xxx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Evening Everybody

Hi All

I have finally finished catching up with everyone, I did start last night but I actually fell asleep whilst blogging at the computer, my Fibromyalgia flared yesterday so lots of muscle pain and tiredness.  I have been running backwards and forwards to the vets most of last week and this week with Bella as she has been very poorly with upset stomach both ends.    Samples of blood and other yucky stuff have gone to the lab and we are now just waiting the results, she is on medication and seems slightly better tonight so fingers crossed.

To top things off my dishwasher has decided it does not want to play anymore, hopefully its something like the heating element which can be fixed, thank god I am married to an electrician, otherwise the cost just before Christmas does not bear thinking about.

I have been busy making candles and some other projects which I will share with you over the next few days as I finish them, and of course sorting out my DT cards/projects so that they will be ready on time so not ignoring you all.

Am off to make my Horlicks and taking my kindle to bed with me want to finish the story I am reading as I have just bought a book by my favourite Author which is Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb the In Death Series which I love I have all of these books in hardback and they are well loved and read.

Will sign off and say good night until tomorrow when I will post my first finished project that I have going.

Love to All Alison

# 67 Month Long Challenge over at Crafting for All Seasons

Morning all

Hope you are all keeping well and warm, I hate the winter, just want to hibernate.  Today is the start of a new challenge  #68 over at Crafting for all Seasons that is going to last the whole of December, the theme being Christmas, anything but a card and we have some wonderful sponsors so please come along and join in the fun. 

Our sponsors are the wonderful

Whoopsiedaisy - Prize is 2 sheets of images
Robyns Fetish - Prize 4 digital images
Rick St Dennis - Prize 3 digital images

The theme for our challenge is anything but a card and here is what I came up with

This is the front of the altered bag

Back of Altered Bag

The snowmen were coloured in with promarkers and glitter added all over the body and face to make him all sparkly.  Die around the edges is by doohicky and snowflakes are from a trip to Taunton cannot remember the name of the die think it is Joy's Crafts but not sure.

I really enjoyed making this as I don't often make anything other than cards, soap and candles but my granddaughter and her boyfriend will be getting this with their present inside will have to make another one for our youngest granddaughter but that won't take long.

So why not pop along and enjoy the challenge and to see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the Design Team and you never know if you take part, you may just be one of the lucky winners for these fantastic prizes, wish I could take part. lol. 

Am off to do a bit of blog hopping and will be by later to catch up with all your wonderful creations.

Love Alison xx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Morning everybody

Good Morning Everybody

Hope you are all ok.  I am more or less over the flu now still got a bunged up nose and a cough but apart from that all is well in the Jeatt household.   Alan spent the weekend putting my new blinds up throughout the house but oops I ordered the wrong size for the bedroom so am waiting for delivery, hope they arrive before Christmas but it was not guaranteed so will have to be patient and make sure the curtains are closed when I get dressed, don't think the world is quite ready to see me naked, it would probably cause an implosion and the end of the world as we know it lol. 

Well not really been card making except for my DT stuff which I am trying to get ahead of but I did make this card yesterday as I thought that as I had made a card specially for Nicole and Dean I should make one for Jessica too so here is my card

I am running a stall at the Rookies Christmas Fair on Saturday but have not got much stuff left after the Christmas Fair in Ivybridge, I have also just remembered I am supposed to go to Rachel's this weekend crafting but hopefully we can swap the Saturday for the Sunday will have to see, really need some crafty time out.
Sorry I did not do much blog hopping yesterday but will catch up with everyone today as I only have a couple of cards to catch up on now for my DT spots and some candles to make then all finished.  Sarah has taken my excess Christmas Cards to work with her so hopefully will not have them sitting around until next year.
Bye for now
Alison xx

Friday, 6 December 2013

It's Time for a New Challenge on Friday Sketch Challenge Blogspot

Morning Everybody, hope you are all keeping well and warm.  Over on Friday Sketch Challenge we are hosting another challenge for you and our sponsor for this fortnight is the fantastic


They are offering a price of 2 digital stamps for one lucky winner
and our sketch this week is by the lovely Carol and here it is below

and this is my take on todays sketch
So why not pop over and join in the fun and you never know you may just win.
Love Alison xxx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Welcome and a Thank you

Afternoon Everybody

Firstly let me give a very warm welcome to my new followers thank you for your support, and secondly a Massive Big Thank You for all your get well wishes they have been really appreciated.  Today is the first day that I haven't felt like a dishrag honestly this man flu thing is awful no wonder the men are being taken of their feet lol.  Still have a very bad sore throat and headache but am starting to feel better.

I have to go out today and I don't want to but I have loads of stuff to go to the post office and some of it is urgent.  I have been doing a few jobs today i.e. filing, finishing off a few cards, writing cards out to post etc etc nothing really hectic.

My card today is one I thought I had posted a while ago but cannot find it on my blog so obviously my brain is going loopylou again today.  I made this card for my granddaughter and her boyfriend this is their first Christmas together in their new home.   Used my Serif Artist Programme to make this.

Well that's it for me for now need to get the post office will do a bit of blog hopping when I return.
Loads of love
Alison xxxx

Monday, 2 December 2013

Very poorly

Evening everyone, no projects today, am feeling very poorly definitely man flu  lol, ache all over, throat is so sore can't eat ( good for the diet) am drinking plenty of ice child water, tongue is swollen and so is my head  or at least that's how it feels.

Have slept most of the day away but have managed to do some blog hopping took ages as my iPad was not showing my blogging lists every now and again do would have to reboot the page.

Bella is keeping me company and is looking at me with big eyes full of love.  Hope everybody is well and sending hugs to those who are not.

Love Alison xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Fantasy Stampers DT Challenge

Morning All

How are you today, the weather is a bit dismal here on Dartmoor today so glad the craft fair was yesterday and not today as the weather was cold but glorious here on Saturday.

As most of you know I have been invited to become part of the brand new Fantasy Stampers Design Team and until our launch in January the DT members are setting themselves sketch challenges and so here is our first sketch

and here is my take on it:
This card is commissioned by a friend whose son in law thinks he is lord of the manor and has everything he needs and thinks he is way above the rest of us mortals, he keeps a few sheep, horses, etc.: I thought this image very apt and the verse inside reads Antibiotics - Happy Birthday.  I do hope my friend Sheila likes it.
Alan is in the middle of putting up my new blinds in the bathroom and the kitchen it's going to be a pig of a job as they are very heavy as they are wooden, I also think they are slightly too large so he may have to cut them down a little width wise, oops my measurements were slightly out, and those who know me very well will know that I can't see a straight line and everything I cut or measure is always slightly out in some way lol.   Don't think I'll push it for getting the living room and bedroom one's done today that might be asking a bit too much. 
Am off to get a shower and dressed just now as we may need to go to B&Q for a new battery for Alan's drill.
Will be back later to do some blog hopping whilst keeping lots of tissues on hand for my dripping nose. 
Loads of love to all
Alison xx 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Good time was had by all

Evening Everybody

Well that was hard work but well worth it but I need to do a bit better.  My craft fair was a great success the only thing that went wrong was the fact that the only table I had big enough to take my stock was a wallpapering table lol, and it bowed in the middle so I need to buy a 6ft folding table.

I sold all my candles in boxes, quite a few soaps, and container candles and lots of charms and little angels, I even managed to sell a card or two.  My total profit for 8 hours selling was (drum roll please) £150.00 so much better than the last craft fair I did where I had a loss of £6.50.  I have one more craft fair but that is at our local Village Hall in aid of the Rookies (under 5's) and should get a good turn out, then that's it for this year.  Must make more soap and candles.  Sarah is going to take the Christmas Cards to work with her so should have some sales from that as everybody has been asking her to bring them in but I wanted to get this big Craft Fair out of the way first.

I am still suffering with sore throat and now the snuffles and aches and pains so am stuffing myself with lemsip and other bits and bobs to move things along.

I will resume normal blogging this week, have been catching up with my DT work this evening which needed doing urgently so now I have a couple of cards on order and need to get on making those. 

Hope you are all having a good weekend and I will certainly catch up with everybody next week.

Lots of love
Alison xxx

Friday, 29 November 2013

Feel awful

Afternoon All

On the day I most needed to be on form for this Craft Market that starts at 5.30pm tonight in Ivybridge I awoke with a really bad sore throat and as the day has proceeded I have begun to feel more and more like I am going down with the flu.  I have headache, aches in all my muscles and just want to close my eyes and go back to sleep, if it wasn't for the sore throat then I would say I was having a fibromyalgia flare up (could be a bit of both).  Alan is finishing early today bless so that he can help me load and unload the car as I am just not able to lift the crates of goodies that I have.  Just hope I have enough stock.

I will try later to blog hop but not sure if I will get to it or not today, but will try and catch up with everyone over the weekend if not.

Well I better get in the shower, it is now 14.25 and I am still not dressed been making Christmas Gift Tags and more Angels but have given up on the angels only so many holes you can prick without going cross eyed and the way I feel at the moment well you can imagine.

Will take a photo of my stall and post it tomorrow and let you know how I have done, lets hope its better than last Friday.

Love to all
Alison xxx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Evening all

Hi Everybody

Whilst my head is buzzing with ideas for this two day craft fair event that I am attending tomorrow night (starts 5.30pm - 10.pm and Saturday 9.30 - 2.30pm, I have been making candles in boxes, Angels, Phone Tags and other bits and bobs, I thought I best catch up with where I am at as my head has been all over the place and I have news to share with everybody

I am now a DT member for 4 teams wow how did that happen so excited.

  •  The first is of course is www.Fridaysketchchallenge.blogspot.co.uk and we have new challenges every fortnight we are coming up to half way point on the current challenge so why not pop along and join in you never know you might just win a fabulous prize of $20.00 gift certificate from our current sponsor Flonz Craft.  Look forward to seeing you.

  •  The second is Crafting for all Seasons  and again new challenges every fortnight on a Wednesday so this one which is Birthdays and is sponsored by the fantastic   Bugaboo Stamps and the fantastic prize of 7 digital stamps how magic is that so pop along and join in if you love Bugaboo Stamps as much as I do.

  •  My third is Open Minded Crafting Fun and although we are not up and running with challenges until 4th January why not pop along and become a member so that you can enter our very first challenge, again I look forward to seeing you.

  • My fourth and last DT Spot is with Fantasy Stampers BlogSpot and again we are not completely up and running until the 4th January so why not take a browse and become a member (stalker) and join in with the wonderful challenges ahead.
I do not have a card to show you today but do have this beautiful candle I made for my granddaughter and her boyfriend as part of their Christmas Box.

The image on the candle is of my Granddaughter Nicole and her boyfriend, this turned out quite well considering that the tissue paper kept getting ink marks all over it so printed just onto some plain A4 paper and then blended into the candle as I know they won't burn it so it was ok for me to use the paper.
Well that's it tonight for me am off to bed had a full on day today with lunch at Boringdon Hall as part of our Village Hall Committee Christmas Lunch only two more to go and then it will be the real deal, OMG I am so not ready.
Lots of love to all
Alison xxx


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Crafting for all Seasons Challenge

Evening All

God I forgot to post this card at 09.00 hrs don't know where my brain is at the moment, we have a new challenge at Crafting for all Seasons and our sponsor is

and the fabulous prize is 7 Digital Stamps
How fantastic is that.
For my card I just had to use this image so funny, I have lots of bugaboo stamps as they fit most occasions
I coloured this in with promarkers and used Glossy Accents on the balloons and the question mark, papers are from a stash that I bought at LOTV ages ago and when I sorted out I found them again.
Hope you come and join in the fun and you never know you just may win those digital stamps.
Love Alison xxx


Morning All

Hope everybody is well and keeping warm, my its been a bit chilly.  Can you see another Design Team badge have gone from 1 design team to 4 now, and that is my limit I think, don't want to get too bogged down.

Well I have made a big decision I will not be making cards everyday as I am overloaded with them so am going to do other bits and bobs that will sell, so I will only now be making cards when ordered and for my design teams at least until half of the cards I have at the moment have sold.

So what have I been doing for the past couple of days, dithering, I am half way through a couple of things and just can't seem to get my act together, I bought the tonic studio star die and have been trying to put it together think I am stupid or completely brain dead as this is defeating me just can't seem to make it work and that's even after watching a tutorial on YouTube.   I have also sat looking at candles waiting for me to put images on them and need to make boxes as I have a two day craft fair to attend this weekend so need to sort myself out.

Lots to do today, Coffee Stop this morning, need to go and buy a new top to go with my outfit for tomorrow, going out for lunch, also go and buy some spray paint as I am making a tree to hang my angels off and my mobile phone tags that I have made.

Waiting for some craft stuff to arrive from The Glitterpot, and from The Ribbon Girl so I can sort a few other bits out to sell. 

Photo today is my mobile phone charms that I will be selling on my stall.  I was going to try using shrink plastic but need a few more goes first to get it right.

I will do my best to do some blog hopping tonight as I feel awful not posting comments to everybody.
Lots of love Alison xxx

Monday, 25 November 2013

Get up and go has got up and gone

Afternoon Everybody

Hope you are all well and keeping warm very cold here today.

My get up and go has got up and gone not sure where too but I am sitting in my little craft area looking at things that need doing and just can't seem to muster up the energy to do anything.  I am sorry I have not caught up with everybody over the last couple of days but the time has got away from me. 

Here is a card I have been promising to put onto my blog for a couple of days now it is a precious moments image don't ask where I got it from as I can't remember only know I have had it for a long time. 

Sorry about the picture quality but my camera is playing up it's getting old a bit like me really.  I have to go out into Ivybridge just now but will be back to blog hop a bit later.
Lots of love Alison xxx

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Thank You to all my Fellow Bloggers

Hi All

Just a quick post tonight, sorry I have not caught up with you all but it's been a bit full on over the last couple of days, went to Rachel's crafting yesterday afternoon, made some more boxes for my candles, and also a square Christmas Cracker will post these tomorrow as not finished or taken any photo's yet.

Wanted to say thank you to everyone for your support after the fiasco of the craft fair on Friday.

I have booked in to a two day Advent Fair in Ivybridge on Friday Night and Saturday apparently this is well attended and I have been making a Kusadama paper flowers and now I have the hang of it will go and get some Christmas papers tomorrow and make a few of them to sell, am also concentrating on my pillar candles with pictures on them and taking orders to personalise some.  Already have an order for two personalised candles which is good.

Have you noticed on the left hand side of my blog page I am with another DT team called Fantasy Stampers brand new challenge blog not even up and running yet we start on the 4th January so be sure to pop along and join in with the challenges and give us your support.
I do have a card I made the other day to show you but have not photographed it yet and my desk is covered it bits of paper and card. 

I have a photo to show you of my darling daughter Sarah who went to a masquerade ball on Friday night needless to say I think she looks beautiful, only thing is she did not have the mask on when these were taken but she said a couple of her friends took photos and they are going to send her some.

Sarah in ball gown 

Back of ball gown and hair all done

Close up

Am off just now as its getting late and I need to get out of this computer chair not very comfortable.  Will try and catch up with everybody tomorrow.

Nite Nite.  Love Alison xx

Saturday, 23 November 2013

I bet you're all agog to know how my craft fair went

Morning all

My craft fair was a big flop made a loss of £6.50, table was £10.00 sold a candle at 2.50 and a scented drawer sachet for 50p and a door hanger which was reduced to 50p as I had them last year on offer for £1.00 but they didn't sell.

Alan and I were chatting on our way home and he said I was aiming at the wrong market level that I needed to up my game and not do the school craft fairs but to up my game and go to actual craft fairs that the councils etc put on so I have found a site and put my name down cost £25.00 a year but they tell you where the action is and let people know about you through their site.  So am waiting to hear now, but I have decided that although I love making cards I need to branch out into other papercrafts so am going to have a rethink and a brainstorm session with my crafty buddy Rachel.

I will still be making cards as there is no way I could give that up I love it too much but want to introduce things like note pads, writing sets, things like that so if anyone out their has any ideas everything would be welcome (clean of course).

I am going to try and personalise some candles by putting images of loved one's on them see how they go, starting with my granddaughter and her boyfriend.  These would make perfect anniversary presents, Christening presents, Wedding presents wow the list is endless.

I do have a card to show you but Sarah went to a masquerade ball last night and took the camera with her so cannot take any pictures until she comes home, so will finish my blog tonight.

Bye for now

Love Alison xx

Friday, 22 November 2013

New Challenge over at Friday Sketch Challenge Blogspot - ~57

Morning all

It's time for another Wonderful Challenge over at Friday Sketch Challenge  where the sketch #57 was designed by me.  This fortnight we are sponsored by Flonze Craft

They are offering a $20 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner!

So why not pop along and join in the fun.

This is my card I used a Whimsy Stamp which I have had for a while and not used so thought she would be ideal for today's card.  The papers are from my stash and I think from Silent Night not sure though.  corner die is a memory box one and the sentiment was from Here.

I am out this afternoon at a craft fair at Manor School in Ivybridge so will not be blog hopping until tonight, am also hoping to go to Rachel's on Saturday for a play.  
Love Alison xx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Lazy Day yesterday

Morning all

Real lazy day yesterday did no crafting whatsoever, went to my coffee morning, came home had lunch, sat down to do some blogging, sorted my emails out, spoke to my big sister Trish (hello Trish) knows she checks my blog out.  The 5 blinds I ordered for windows throughout the bungalow have arrived so guess what Alan will be doing this weekend.?  Finishing the kitchen off 1/2 way through painting it so really need to get that done as I want to order the flooring.  Thinking of having cushion flooring so that its a bit easier on the old feet and not so cold.

I am stuck indoors waiting for the electrician to come out and fit a new thermostat to our towel rail so I can have nice warm towels when I get out the shower, spoilt or what.

I have put a couple of pictures below of Toby and Bella in my chair, Toby is so cute when he is like this but when he runs rampaging through the house when your trying to sleep I want to skin him, bless.  Today Toby had the great idea of being like an Andrex Puppy and unravelling the toilet paper from the roll, life must of been so boring without him, only one word to describe him really MONSTER. 

Don't they look cute together

this is Toby wrapping himself up in Christmas paper wanting to help

Here are a couple of the angels I said I would make, am also going to try and get some more crackers in boxes made up think another two should do it.   I have made 7 of these so far and aim to make another three as I don't want to be left with too many of them as nowhere to store, everything filled up with Sarah's stuff until she gets herself settled with somewhere to live.

 A close up picture think these are so cute.  Die cut is a Marianne Design which I have been looking at since she brought it out but  have only just bought.

Will be back a bit later to do a bit of blog hopping to see all your wonderful creations.

Love Alison xxx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Wonderful Wonderful New

Morning all

OK I can share my really good news with you now, I am so excited am doing a happy jig around the chair, can't jig without support lol.  I have been chosen over at Crafting for all Seasons as a member of their design team along with Annie my blogging buddy.  We are not officially starting until January but what crafter can wait that long to make some cards with the gorgeous designs that come from our generous sponsors.  Why not pop along and take part in the current challenge.  You never know you could be picked as a winner and enjoy lots of fantastic prizes. 

I had a lovely day in my craft room yesterday and made the following using lots of tissue paper and card, Rachel gave me the idea when I was checking her blog out so thought I would give it a go.
So I made the following, three candles with images printed onto tissue paper and then 3 milk boxes to hold the candles used Barkley Christmas CD and Makey Bakey Mice Christmas CD.  These are going to be for  my Craft Fair on Friday but not sure how much to charge for them, the candles were £3.00 each and then the 2 sheets of A4 card and ink mmm will have to think on this.   Yes I know I said I would post angels today but got carried away making these little darlings instead.  The only thing is I don't know how much to charge for them as people want something for nothing these days, especially with the economic climate being the way it is.

Did you know that my cards were highlighted here didn't know anything about it until Annie sent me an email and told me about it so wow am well chuffed.

Am off out shortly for the Wednesday Morning Coffee Stop which is over in the community rooms here in Cornwood looking forward to seeing everyone as otherwise don't see a soul unless I go out to the shops.

Well that's it from me for now,  need to get myself  a shower and sort myself out before 10.30 will be back blog hopping to see your wonderful creations.

Lots of love

A well chuffed Alison xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Flaming Computers

Hi All

Don't know whether to say good morning or good evening, I am sitting in my little craft area with my main computer doing a system restore hoping to resolve the issue of my DVD/CD drive not working and also trying to download my printer onto Sarah's laptop so I can print from my crafters companion cd's as I wanted to do some printing onto tissue paper and get some Christmas candles made up.  It is now 30 minutes past midnight and I think I'm going to bed and letting everything run overnight.  Will be back in the morning nite nite.  Xx

Morning Everybody

Well had a better night's sleep without Toby in our bedroom last night thank goodness, he slept with Sarah and did not disturb her at all or so she says.

My computer is sort of behaving itself this morning or at least I can read a CD on it and open the files but I think I might buy an external DVD/CD drive as a back up. 

My card today is

I wanted to make a card that was suitable for a male for Christmas and came up with this cute little bunny.  Crafters Companion CD think the image was off the Makey Bakey Mice Christmas CD.

I am going to try and make some little Christmas decorations today will showcase them tomorrow and also share some fantastic news with you all.    I hope you will not be offended but I have listed some items for sale if anyone is interested but if nobody on here wants them then I will put them on ebay.

1 x Punch and Stamp Set by Tonic Studio (pick of the bunch) Clematis/lily/poinsettia

1 x Punch and Stamp Set by Tonic Studio (pick of the bunch) Rose/Pansy/Camellia/Gardenia

1 x Punch and Stamp Set by Tonic Studio (pick of the bunch) Carnation/Sweet William/Peony

I bought these for £24.99 each plus postage and am selling them for £15.00 each plus postage if anyone is interested they have been used once. They are still in original boxes and excellent condition.

I also have a sure cuts a lot CD version 1 if anyone is interested just let me know and all I want is postage.

My elderly neighbour is having her bathroom turned into a wet room this week so I will be looking after her and the workmen until it has finished.  She is such a sweet old lady and I try to help her as much as I can but she does have family who live in the village but they take advantage of her as I have mentioned in previous posts.

I am off to have a shower and to get dressed before the workmen turn up as I will be making them all a cuppa and I am not a pretty sight until I have put my war paint on. 

Will be back later to do a bit of blog hopping once the ipad has fully charged.
Love to all